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UK Business Secretary urges businesses to prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period

In a letter sent to over 600,000 companies across the UK on Monday 12th October, UK Business Secretary Alok Sharma warns businesses that they need to take action now to prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period.

In his letter, the Business Secretary calls on businesses to familiarise themselves with the actions they will need to take, by visiting and using the checker tool. When the transition period ends on 31st December 2020, there will be a guaranteed set of changes and opportunities for which businesses need to prepare as the UK leaves the customs union and single market, including changes to the way businesses import and export goods, the process for hiring people from the EU, and the way businesses provide services in EU markets. The vast majority of these actions will need to be completed regardless of the outcome of negotiations with the EU.

To make sure businesses are prepared, the government will also host a series of sector-specific webinars throughout October to remind them of the changes they will need to make. The webinars cover general areas that businesses of any shape and size will need to understand and act on. Business sectors being covered by these webinars are:

  • Services and Investment – 13th October
  • Retail – 14th October
  • Automotive – 14th October
  • Metals and Materials – 20th October
  • Electronics and machinery – 21st October
  • Consumer Goods – 22nd October
  • Life Sciences – 27th October
  • Construction – 28th October
  • Aerospace – 29th October.

Businesses can sign-up to attend BEIS webinars here.

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